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Carpet with Triple-arch Design

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
ca. 1575–90
Geography:
Attributed to Turkey, probably Istanbul
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk (warp and weft), wool (pile), cotton (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Rug: L. 68 in. (172.7 cm) W. 50 in. (127 cm) Mount: L. 71 in. (180.3 cm) W. 53 3/4 in. (136.5 cm) D. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm) Wt. 120 lbs. (54.4 kg)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard, 1922
Accession Number:
22.100.51
Not on view
This carefully drawn, subtly colored carpet is among the finest of all Ottoman weavings. One of the earliest carpets to include a triple-arched gateway, its design probably originated in the Ottoman imperial workshop. The hanging lamp in the center arch recalls verses from the Qur'an that liken God to the light of a lamp, placed within a niche. The combination of this carpet’s imagery, high quality, and relatively small size suggest that it was used as a prayer rug by a member of the Ottoman courtly elite.
Edouard Chappey, Paris (until 1907; sale, Galerie GeorgesPetit, Paris, June 5–7, 1907, no. 1909); Félix Doistau, Paris (from 1907); James F. Ballard, St. Louis, MO (until 1922; gifted to MMA)
Washington. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "The Age of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent," January 25, 1987–May 17, 1987, no. 159.

Chicago. Art Institute of Chicago. "The Age of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent," June 14, 1987–September 7, 1987, no. 159.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Age of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent," October 4, 1987–January 17, 1988, no. 159.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Rumi," October 15, 2007–March 5, 2008, no catalogue.

Breck, Joseph, and Frances Morris. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art." In The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1923. no. 24, p. 16, ill. (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 309, ill. fig. 204 (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 105, pp. 158-159, 233, ill. fig. 188, (b/w; color).

Atil, Esin, ed. Turkish Art. Washington, D.C and New York: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1980. p. 338, ill. fig. 192 (b/w).

Atil, Esin. The Age of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. Washington, DC: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1987. no. 159, pp. 226-227, ill. pl,. 159 (color).

Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. pp. 122-23, ill. fig. 92 (color).

Ellis, Charles. Oriental Carpets in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1988. p. 80.

de Montebello, Philippe, and Kathleen Howard, ed. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. 6th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992. p. 326, ill. fig. 35 (color).

Burn, Barbara, ed. Masterpieces of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York; Boston: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. pp. 86-87, ill. p. 87 (color).

Berinstain, Valerie. Great Carpets of the World. New York: Vendome Press, 1996. p. 58, ill. pl. 58 (color).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Collecting the "Orient" at the Met: Early Tastemakers in America." Ars Orientalis vol. 30 (2000). p. 81, ill. fig. 13 (b/w).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 237, pp. 5, 287, 232-333, ill. p. 332 (color), fig. 10 (b/w).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, and Claire Moore, ed. "A Resource for Educators." In Art of the Islamic World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. pp. 130-131, ill. pl. 24 (color).

Denny, Walter B. How to Read Islamic Carpets. New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014. pp. 46-47, ill. fig. 32 (color).



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